Happy 50th birthday today to Gillian Welch who was born on 10/2/67. Along with her musical partner David Rawlings, Welch is one of today’s most respected original Americana artists. Welch’s last album was 2011’s The Harrow & The Harvest and prior to that she hadn’t released one since 2003’s Soul Journey. In terms of quality over quantity, Welch’s five albums can go up against almost anyone. In celebration of her 50th, let’s check out Welch & Rawlings live at the Newport Folk Festival on 8/3/08.